In fertile soil
Generates the life and character of God
The harvest awaits us
Within it lies power
Power to produce
Power to push through the hardened clay
Even through the cemented areas of our hearts
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:3-4
Those that trust in their works to afford them heaven are gravely mistaken. Even if they lived their life nobly like Mother Theresa, if their hope was in their good deeds, they would not find heaven as their home at life’s end. Salvation is a gift given not a goal achieved. Jesus died and rose again so that we could trust in what He did to bring us to heaven. This is why even those that have sinned greatly can receive God’s gift of mercy.
Receiving Christ’s gift of salvation affects our behavior here on earth, but good behavior does not earn us a place in heaven. His righteousness is given as a gift to those who receive it by faith, but those who trust in their own righteousness, will always fall short.
Trusting in one’s own works is a stumbling block for many. Don’t be tripped by this lie. Instead, receive God’s gift of forgiveness and salvation through the finished work of Christ on the cross. He suffered greatly so that we could be saved. Will you put your trust in the finished work of the cross? His mercy extends to you no matter what you have done, but if you lean on your own merits, you will not experience God’s salvation.
God desires not only to save us but to have a relationship with each of us. He calls us to follow him as a result of his grace not in order to achieve his approval.
If you would like to begin a relationship with God and to one day step into heaven, please pray the following prayer.
Dear Father God,
Thank you for sending Jesus to die in my place up upon the cross. I believe He rose from the dead. I ask you to forgive me for my sins. I receive your gift of salvation, and I choose to follow you all the days of my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
A rocket is only as good as its fuel. Without the right formula, a rocket will not reach its intended destination. With the wrong propellant, the vessel could explode.
In order for us to reach God’s destination for our lives, we need the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides the perfect fit for our spiritual lives. Jesus went to the cross so we could have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the fuel for our hope, and hope is what we need to develop a vision for our future. Hope is an expectation of God’s blueprint for each of us. Hope bolsters our faith and directs our steps.
We need the Holy Spirit mixed with God’s word to realize God’s plans for our lives. The Holy Spirit desires to speak God’s word into our hearts. God’s spoken word ignites hope and faith and propels us into the Lord’s direction for our lives. Let’s become like rockets that the Holy Spirit directs for His glory. With His help, we can reach exemplary heights in our pursuit of His vision for our lives.
There is a hole in every man
An aching for the perfect land
A longing for the One who heals
Whose hand creates, whose heart feels
He is Emanuel, the God with us
He’s with those who put their trust
In Christ the Son, the Holy One
Who parts the waters, shakes the earth
And brings us to a brand new birth
Who hung lifeless on a tree
Only to rise again, forever free
The longing for the restless soul
Is met in Christ, He makes us whole
In heaven’s land we’ll one day roam
If we make Jesus our only Lord
Mothers are underrated in our culture. I am thankful for my mom. Here is a poem that highlights what a model mom looks like. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t measure up to this ideal. Instead, be encouraged to grow in your stature and influence as a mother.